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SAO PAULO (AP):
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke insisted yesterday that no compromises have been made on workers' safety as organisers try to overcome construction delays at World Cup stadiums in Brazil.
"With all deadlines in mind, there will and have not been any compromises in terms of safety and security - a matter which is always top priority for workers, players and fans equally," Valcke said in his monthly column published on FIFA's web site.
UNREADY ALL ROUND
None of the six stadiums that had to be delivered by the end of the year, as requested by FIFA, will be ready on time. Even more delays are expected because of the recent accidents in construction sites. Six other stadiums were ready for the Confederations Cup this year.
"All the other five will have hosted the first of at least three test events within the first three months of 2014," Valcke said.
Valcke praised how Brazil organised the World Cup draw this month, but said that with the event already in the past, it's time to start putting the finishing touches to the tournament preparations.